Europe, Globalization and the Lisbon Agenda
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Europe, Globalization and the Lisbon Agenda

Edited by Maria João Rodrigues

The Lisbon Agenda aims to prepare Europe for globalization by updating European policies for research, innovation, competition, trade, employment, education, social protection, environment and energy at both the European and national levels. Designed to inspire the new cycle of the Lisbon Agenda until 2010 and beyond, this timely and significant volume explores the intellectual elaboration of the agenda for the coming years.
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Chapter 18: The Lisbon Agenda and European Governance: Key Issues for Policy-Making

Maria João Rodrigues

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18. The Lisbon Agenda and European governance: key issues for policymaking Maria João Rodrigues In this chapter, I address the relationship between the Lisbon Agenda and European governance, by analysing the main features of the Lisbon process; the implications of the Lisbon Treaty; improvements in governance; and improvements in public administration. This will lead to the identification of some key issues to deepen the debate on a quite controversial but central theme. 18.1 THE MAIN FEATURES OF THE LISBON PROCESS The development and implementation of Lisbon Agenda can be analysed as a political and social process which has involved, in a progressively organized way, the following institutions and actors: the European Council, in its several annual meetings, particularly its spring meeting; the seven formations of the Council (General Affairs, Ecofin, Competitiveness, Employment, Education, Environment, Energy and Telecommunications), and the Council committees and groups; the European Commission, involving 15 of the 27 commissioners and 17 directorates-general, with a smaller group of ‘Lisbon’ commissioners meeting on a more regular basis; the European Parliament, particularly six of its committees; the national parliaments, involving at least their European affairs committees, which also participate in a yearly Lisbon conference with the European Parliament; the European Economic and Social Committee and its Lisbon network of economic and social councils in the Member States where they exist; the Committee of Regions and its Lisbon platform, involving more than 100 regions; the European confederations of social partners, representing their national counterparts and meeting...

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